Mosko Moto Nomad Tank Bag Review

A very well designed and versatile tankbag with one fatal flaw.

The details, straight from Mosko Moto’s website:

  • Waterproof map pocket
  • Welded-seam rain cover
  • Six layers of vertical storage
  • Three-column MOLLE panel
  • Expandable beavertail
  • Delorme InReach pocket
  • Gated lanyard clip
  • Fleece-lined glasses pocket
  • Multiple pen holders
  • 6 mesh storage pockets for small item storage
  • Two large mesh pockets for larger items
  • 1.8L Platypus Hydration reservoir
  • CCW pocket
  • Quickly converts to a hydration backpack with waist strap

What’s in the box?

When you open the box, you find your tankbag, complete with back pack and mounting straps, heavy duty zip ties (more on these in a minute)  a 1.8 liter hydration bladder, a map pocket, and a rain cover. The rain cover was really the only item of interest to me. I typically never use a map pocket and my hydration system lives on my back.

Organization in layers

You see the layers mentioned in their features description and that’s part of what makes this bag so great. The design was modeled after hydration and day packs from other industries so, rather than being an expansive opening for you to pile crap into, the design is very well thought out and separated into layers. You could use one layer for camera gear and extra batteries and then the next for food or other things you want quick access to. You get the idea.

The design is excellent and the bag looks great. But I think it’s biggest flaws are seen when it comes to mounting the bag to the bike.

My first gripe is the unnecessary over complication of the mounting straps at the front of the bike. You can see in the picture above that one of the forward mounting straps is male, and the other is female. Why? Sure you could undo the clips from their webbing and reverse them but I just don’t understand why it comes set up this way for a bag designed so well. If you look at a Wolfman tankbag, for example, you’ll see that all of the connection points on the bag are female while all of the connections on the bike side are male. There’s nothing to get backwards.

Then we get to the straps that connect the rear of the bag to the bike.

The straps are fully velcro lined, which seems nice to keep them from flapping, and feed into a cinch buckle at the top. At the other end there is a female to male plastic buckle set up. On the male side you can see a short, tag end of webbing with 5 channels sewn into it. Now, remember those zip ties? You’re supposed to take those and zip tie the male buckle to your bike. I just can’t understand why Mosko decided to take the mounting system this direction, given how well everything else is designed (and don’t get me wrong, they give you really nice zip ties). So you zip tie these connection points to your bike. Got another bike? You’ll either need another set of the short straps or come up with another mounting solution.

To be fair, Mosko mentions this in their videos and the discussion can be seen in threads on advrider but it ended up being too much of a pain for me.

Pros

  • Fantastic design and organization
  • Looks awesome
  • Flexible (map pocket if you want, hydration if you want)

Cons

  • May not fit smaller bikes especially with hoses for the tank
  • Strap mounting system seems well intentioned but is a pain


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